Every chili pepper lover should own The Complete Chile Pepper Book. This hot book gives a detailed profile of 100 chile varieties including information on how to grow; how to diagnose and remedy problems, pests, and diseases; and postharvest processing and preservation. Also included are 85 recipes that make use of the characteristic heat of chile peppers.
Once the summer heat fully kicks in, this plant is happy and full of star-shaped flowers nonstop. The colors are white, pink, rose, red, lavender, purple, burgundy, apricot, and blush. The leaves are glossy, dark green and broad. Popular for massing in beds and borders, containers, and window boxes. Sun or light shade, any soil and water to establish, then water occasionally to little.
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We have 8 varieties in 4" pots ready for your garden!
Whether you put them on your front porch or in the garden,
these rustic and whimsical fountains will always be a conversation starter.
Because it has been a wet spring, customers are coming in to ask about the spots on their rose leaves. Black spot fungus is a problem this year, and causes spots to develop on the upper surface of leaves and succulent stems. Yellow areas develop around the spots and leaves may turn yellow and drop off.
High levels of humidity support the formation and reproduction of fungal diseases like blackspot, rust and powdery mildew. As spring advances into summer with drier weather, Black Spot and other fungus diseases will be less of a problem unless overhead sprinklers are used to irrigate.
Removing infected leaves from the plant and on the ground (don't put in home compost)
Providing good air circulation around bushes.
Applying fresh mulch after infected leaves have been destroyed
Spraying with Infuse (systemic) Neem Oil, Serenade or Bonide Copper Fungicide
We recently used Infuse on our roses. For more information, click here
Squashes are always rewarding to grow, because they can be very heavy producers. The varieties can differ greatly, from different sizes to shapes and colors. The more popular varieties you will see are crookneck, scalloped and cylindrical, along with some round types. All are good for steaming, baking, sautéing, and deep-frying. The classic green cylindrical and round types are excellent for stuffing. Summer squash are high in vitamins A and C as well as niacin.
Pick summer squashes regularly when they are young and tender.
Plants benefit from generous amounts of organic material worked in the soil. A good quality vegetable fertilizer can be used as well. Watering should be slow and deep to encourage deep rooting.
Squash blossoms: They are an extremely perishable edible delicacy that come from many types of squash, including winter squash varieties. There are two types: male blossoms, which grow from the branches, and female blossoms, which bear fruit. Female blossoms have a soft, fleshy center that will spoil within 1 day. They should be picked in the morning when they open toward the sun. Male blossoms are hairier and not as fruity but will last longer.
Mulch, mulch, mulch. A 2-3 inch layer of Black Forest around the garden will help retain moisture this summer (be sure to not bury the plants' crowns.
- An organic blend of composted screened forest humus (redwood and fir bark)
- Can be used as mulch or a premium soil conditioner for roses, vegetables and lawns
- Fortified with iron and nitrogen, but will not deplete soil of pre-existing nitrogen like untreated products
- When mixed with soil, loosens hard compacted soils to improve drainage and increases moisture retention
Now that summer is getting closer, here are some recommended herbs to use while grilling. When cooking with fresh herbs, you don't want them to burn, so control the heat and get creative on how you apply the flavor of the herb. Use them in marinades, (an easy quick marinade is chopping the herb up and mixing it with olive oil). Stuff them under the skin, or use them in a stuffing. Cutting whatever you are grilling and stuffing the herb inside, will permeate the flavor further than putting it on the outside.
With fish, a nice way to cook it is in foil wrap, so the fish doesn't dry out. You can add an extra amount of olive oil, parley, dill, along with other ingredients such onions, mushrooms, summer squash, lemons, and small cooked potatoes.
Basil: Goes with chicken, halibut, lamb, salmon, tuna, beef, pork and vegetables. Fresh basil is recommended to be added at the last minute so it won't be burnt and lose some of the flavor. Also, look for the different flavored basils, such as lemon.
Rosemary: Goes with chicken, most fish and shellfish, beef, lamb, pork and vegetables. One fun way to use rosemary is growing the varieties that are upright, and use the stems as skewers. Soak them first in water or olive oil. This is especially great with lamb drizzled a little with lemon as it cooks. For looks on the plate as well as eating, grill a whole stem of rosemary and let it cook until crispy, but not heavily burnt. This could add great texture and taste to many dishes.
Thyme: Goes with all poultry, most fish and shellfish, beef, lamb, pork, and vegetables. The Common Thyme, also known as English Thyme, is an excellent choice, but other good choices are Lemon and Lime Thymes. They both can give an extra zesty flavor.
Oregano: Goes with chicken, most fish and shellfish, beef, lamb, and vegetables. Oregano can have a strong and pungent flavor and aroma. This may require a bit more caution in its use, but still gives you that fabulous Mediterranean flavor.
French Tarragon: Goes with all poultry, most fish and shellfish, beef, lamb, pork, and vegetables. Tarragon is widely used in classic French cooking for a variety of dishes including chicken, fish, and vegetables. Care needs to be taken when using this herb, because the flavor can dominate.
Sage: Goes with chicken, halibut, sole, beef, lamb, pork, and vegetables. This herb is well known for stuffing. So, if you are cooking a whole chicken or Cornish game hen, this would be the perfect herb for the stuffing.
Come in to Orchard Nursery and pick up some herbs so you can enjoy your summer grilled meals.